Sunken Garden Trail

EASY 27 reviews
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Sunken Garden Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portersville, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles
226 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


sunken garden is a 3.7 mile trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

1 month ago

1 month ago

This was one of the best hikes that we had all year long. First I must say The trail was well maintained really good ground to walk on
On our journey we seen deer and birds wild flowers and trees that lead us along a grassy path down to lake Arthur where you can view the beach and boat launch as the path loops around and back up to the parking area.
Well worth your time to hike it.

2 months ago

If you prefer a flat trail, this is for you! Will I be back? Of course. Is it a challenging trail? Not at all. This trail is lovely. You will feel as though you're walking along a flower garden. You will also walk along the lake.

If you're taking small children on a walk, you will love this. If you're unsure about beginning a hike due to your physical limitations - give this a try. Whatever you do - just get outside!

2 months ago

3 months ago

Fun little jaunt, swampy in areas, but easily navigated. scenic area with bench for little ones to rest and a great view at about the half way point.

5 months ago

Pretty views. Be prepared to trek through several swampy patches on trail

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11 months ago

Nice trail with some mild/moderate elevation change. I did it with snow on the ground so that changes it a bit. You hear the road, I-79, so it's not a quiet walk but still worth the trek.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A good hike with some mild elevation changes and a nice section that runs along lake Arthur. Watch for mud in spring and fall by the lake.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

easy trail to take the kids on

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Nice easy trail. Definitely good for families even with smaller children. A few scenic spots of the lake but mostly a walk through the woods

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Nice easy and accessible trail for families, young kids, dogs, or just about anyone. My wife and our 7 week old hiked the short loop in just about an hour which was ~2.5 miles. The trail was well maintained for the most part with only a few sections that were overgrown but nothing that wasn't manageable. We followed the blue blazes. Once our daughter gets older we'll probably go back out and complete the entire loop.

Monday, May 30, 2016

It was nice along the lake, didn't care for the grass section

Friday, August 28, 2015

This is an easy 3+ mile trail. It does get muddy by the lake on occasion. They recently went through and did some trail maintenance. The blazes were freshened up and are easily seen. The trail was cleared and is nice and open. Overall a top pick for me if I want to do an easy 3 mile hike. Would be good for trail running as well.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nice, easy quick 1-1.5 hour hike. Sneakers or sandals would be fine, however it can get muddy when it rains or by the lake. Wooded in parts and open in other. No real trail markings, but easy to get around. No real elevation change so not strenuous.

Monday, June 09, 2014

We hiked both the short and long trails in one day, and enjoyed both. As others mentioned, the markings were relatively nonexistent, but the scenery was very nice. We recommend both hikes, though encourage others to wear boots (or old shoes) when walking by the lake, as it was muddy for sure. Have fun on these hikes!